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2015 plungers make their mad dash into the icy waters of the Jimmy Floyd Center pool.

At a time of year when most folks just want to stay in and stay warm - around 50 brave individuals are preparing to take an icy dip for a good cause.

The 2016 Polar Plunge, which raises funds for Wilson County Special Olympics, will take place at the Jimmy Floyd Center in Lebanon on Saturday.

Assistant Aquatics Director Alex Major said that in order to be a true "certified" plunger - one must go all the way under the water in the facility's outdoor pool. Despite January's low, low temperatures - Major said he doesn't hear of the plunge causing common colds or illnesses.

"We do our part - putting chemicals in the water just like we do in the summer. The PH is balanced. The only thing we can't control is the temperature," he said. "To my knowledge I haven't heard of anybody getting sick."

There will be a costume contest prior to the plunge and Major hopes participants will hang around after the event, as well. "We definitely invite everybody to stay and support the Special Olympics which will take place directly after the Polar Plunge. That is what the money is raised for," he said.

The event has traditionally raised around $4,000 annually for the cause. For more information, visit

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